Category Archives: Coders’ Corner

The Impact of COVID-19: How Essential are Coding Credentials?

The Impact of COVID-19: How Essential are Coding Credentials?

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion.   MODERATOR: What about coder credentials—do you think current coding credentials (and the process of obtaining those credentials) […]

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Libman Education Announces Instructor-led Program to Prepare for the CCS Coding Credential

Taught by nationally recognized CCS expert Mary Beth York BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – November 12, 2020 – Libman Education has announced the newest sessions of its intensive Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) training for coders and CDI specialists. Taught by nationally recognized CCS expert Mary Beth York, two courses — CCS Exam Prep: CCS for Hospital Coders […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: Preparing Your Coders for Changing Demands

The Impact of COVID-19: Preparing Your Coders for Changing Demands

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion. MODERATOR: In what new areas do you think coders will require additional education?       “We need more […]

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Surviving Uncertainty: Why a Coding Credential Is Even More Important Now

Surviving Uncertainty: Why a Coding Credential Is Even More Important Now

by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA Believe it or not, holding a coding credential has become even more important during this time of disruption in the healthcare industry. As many people face uncertainty in the immediate term about the strength of our economy, healthcare is one industry that continues to be essential. Since […]

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Time to Make the “Kind” Response Your Default Setting

Time to Make the “Kind” Response Your Default Setting

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA Popular inspirational teachers often remind audiences that when they have the choice to be RIGHT or KIND, they should always choose kindness. This is not new counsel. Wisdom tales across time and cultures have highlighted the importance of kindness. Recently I came across a research study that showed a […]

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Q & A with Dr. Z: VSD Closure

Q & A with Dr. Z: VSD Closure

by David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC Question: Which CPT code would best describe a VSD closure that is not for a congenital VSD, but post MI? Answer: We recommend reporting unlisted code 93799 for ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure of a NON-congenital (post-infarct) VSD.   November 30-December 4: ZHealth IR/CV Medical […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3 2020): Plication of Diaphragm

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3 2020): Plication of Diaphragm” in this free, brief presentation.   Listen to Barry’s Coding Clinic Commentary in its entirety. In-depth commentary on selected coding advice and clarifications from recent issues of AHA Coding Clinic — […]

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The Impact of COVID-19: Best Cross-training Options to Meet Changing Demands

The Impact of COVID-19: Best Cross-training Options to Meet Changing Demands

The following article is drawn from our recent roundtable discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function. To view the complete roundtable discussion, see The Impact of COVID-19 on the Coding Function: A Roundtable Discussion. MODERATOR: Have you found it necessary to cross-train coders during COVID-19 to meet changing demands?       […]

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How to Cross-train Your Coding Staff Now

How to Cross-train Your Coding Staff Now

by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA Our healthcare institutions are remaking themselves in response to these extraordinary times. The normal range of demand for hospital services is being replaced by the particular needs of the COVID-19 patient. Outpatient services and elective procedure volumes are way down at some hospitals across the country, leaving outpatient […]

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ICD-10-PCS: Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy

ICD-10-PCS: Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy

ICD-10-PCS Coding of Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy   Brachytherapy can be delivered as either a low dose rate or a high dose rate. This LibmanLightbox™, by nationally recognized coding authority Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, discusses how to code low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy that uses implantable radioactive elements.     Short bursts of […]

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ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3 2020): Flash Pulmonary Edema

Hear Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, a nationally-recognized authority on coding and reimbursement issues, discuss “ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update (Q3 2020): Flash Pulmonary Edema” in this free, brief presentation.   Listen to Barry’s Coding Clinic Commentary in its entirety. In-depth commentary on selected coding advice and clarifications from recent issues of AHA Coding Clinic — […]

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